A Brief History of the Future, Group Exhibition at Claire Oliver Gallery

 

 

 

BK Adams, the Thinker, acrylic paint and mixed media on canvas, 2024, 60 x 86 x 3 inches/152 x 218 x 8 cm. Image courtesy of the artist and Claire Oliver Gallery.

Claire Oliver Gallery is pleased to present A Brief History of the Future, a special group exhibition of works by gallery artists BK Adams, Barbara Earl Thomas, Stan Squirewell, and Carolyn Mazloomi—who the gallery recently started representing. Expressing themselves through painting, paper cuts, glasswork, found photography, and quilting, the artists in this presentation are time benders—wielding their practices in order to explore the interdependent and evolving dimensions of past, present, and future. With their own unique variations on the choreography of reflection and anticipation, these artists prove that chronological systems of time are insufficient to address the compounding complexities of and ever-shifting revelations about identity, race, gender, family, nature, culture, and politics. Calling on ancestral, generational, and societal wisdom, this show gives equal importance to those histories we bring into focus and those futures we attempt to influence. As Octavia Butler expressed in her 1993 novel Parable of the Sower, “All that you touch / You Change / All that you change / Changes You / The only lasting truth / Is Change…” A Brief History of the Future will be on view at Claire Oliver Gallery, May 31 – August, 2024.

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The 2024 Madison Avenue Spring Gallery Walk ~ May 18th

 

 

 

Image courtesy Madison Avenue BID

 A prestigious roster of 64 internationally acclaimed galleries will open their doors for tours and discussions of their current exhibitions during the Madison Avenue Spring Gallery Walk 2024 on Saturday, May 18 from 11am-6pm. The annual event encompasses many of the foremost galleries located on Madison Avenue between East 57th and East 86th streets and the adjoining side streets. 

Wayne Thiebaud, Single and Doubledecker, 1998, Oil on canvas board; 11 x 14 inches. © Wayne Thiebaud Foundation/ Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY at Acquavella Galleries

Free and open to the public, visits to the roster of 64 participating Madison Avenue galleries offer the opportunity to discover, learn and have access to view current collections, meet the artists, and attend a wide range of talks and tours conducted by gallery curators. 

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Update on ‘Victory’ Beyond Sims by Vinnie Bagwell on Museum Mile in East Harlem

 

 

 

Victory Beyond Sims by Vinnie Bagwell. Image via CB11, May 15, 2024

Those who have been watching the empty pedestal on Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, formerly holding the statue of J. Marion Sims, will be pleased to hear that there was an update at a recent CB11 meeting, with artist Vinnie Bagwell and Department of Cultural Affairs, David Mandel, presenting illustrations and answering questions.

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The Annual Harlem Wellness Festival to Take Place on May 18th in Marcus Garvey Park

 

 

 

Harlem Wellness Festival. All images courtesy Uptown Grand Central

 Harlem Wellness Festival is a celebration of the strong network of minority-and women-owned gyms, studios and spas that Harlem has built over the past decade. This year, the festival is back, with more locally-owned fitness and wellness businesses than ever before.

The stretch-and-move party will take place this Saturday, May 18, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in Marcus Garvey Park. There will be two Fitness Zones with a lineup of free classes ranging from dance to yoga, kettlebells to strength training, and gyrokinesis to tai chi. Plus a Wellness Row, where you’ll get to know each small business and sample offerings including massage, acupuncture and plant-based nutrition – then map out your wellness routine for summer and spring!

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‘Harvey Dinnerstein: Reflections on Life and Work’ to Open at Art Students League in June

 

 

 

Harvey Dinnerstein, Past and Present, 1994, oil on canvas, 96 x 172 in. Photo by Ed Watkins.

The Art Students League of New York presents Harvey Dinnerstein: Reflections on Life and Work, an exhibition celebrating League artist and instructor Harvey Dinnerstein (1928–2022). Honoring the artist’s storied career and impact on generations of League artists, the show surveys Dinnerstein’s practice in the figurative tradition from his early years as a League student in the 1940s through his final years painting and teaching into the 2020s. The exhibition features dozens of rare and never-before-seen works from Dinnerstein’s estate, gifted to the League upon his passing, alongside additional materials now housed in the League’s collection and archive, including original photographs, letters, diaries, and related ephemera. It is organized by the League’s Gallery Director and Curator Ksenia Nouril, PhD with Esther V. Moerdler, Curatorial Assistant. Opening on June 6th.

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MMPCIA Sets Date for Annual Stoop Sale in the Mt Morris Park Historic District of Harlem

 

 

 

Get ready for a day of community connection and sustainability as the Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association (MMPCIA) brings back its beloved Stoop Sale event on Sunday, May 19, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This will be the third and largest, with more than 50 stoops participating. All of this is set within the beautiful catchment area known as the Mt. Morris Park Historic District from 116th to 124th Street, between Madison Ave. and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd., will offer a treasure trove of unique finds available for sale for visitors.

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‘Suchitra Mattei: We Are Nomads, We Are Dreamers’ at Socrates Sculpture Park

 

 

 

Suchitra Mattei with artwork for the exhibition ‘We are nomads, we are dreamers’. Image by Anna Maria Zunino Noellert. Courtesy of Socrates Sculpture Park

Socrates Sculpture Park, established in 1986 in Queens as a collaborative effort between artists and community members, is thrilled to announce the artists participating in its 2024 season. This year the platform for artists at Socrates has been reimagined by Kaitlin Garcia-Maestas, Director of Exhibitions and Curator, to challenge traditional notions of public art. Themes of migration, mapping, ecology, identity, and materiality—including textiles and plants—are all present in the work on view along the East River waterfront Park this year.

The 2024 summer exhibition is an immersive installation by internationally acclaimed, Indo-Guayanese and LA-based artist Suchitra Mattai. Drawing upon themes of identity, migration, and memory, the exhibition Suchitra Mattai: We are nomads, we are dreamers invites viewers to explore the intersections of cultural and personal histories through sculptured textiles, most notably heirloom, vintage saris. Her thought-provoking installations will transform the landscape of Socrates Sculpture Park, offering visitors a profound and immersive artistic experience coupled with dance performances. The exhibition is on view Saturday, May 11 – Sunday, August 25, 2024.

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PaJaMa ~ The Summer Photographic Exhibition at Keith de Lellis Gallery During Pride Month

 

 

 

PaJaMa, Margaret French, Fire Island, NY. Photo courtesy Keith de Lellis Gallery.

With a plethora of outdoor art installations unveiling and a giant hot dog sitting in Time Square, we are reminded that we are stepping into Summer! Adding to the season, Keith de Lellis Gallery will open its doors to the exhibition, PaJaMa, the photographic artist collective formed in 1937 by American artists Paul Cadmus, Jared French and Margaret French ~ with a focus on their time in Saltaire, New York, Fire Island, Provincetown, Massachusetts and Nantucket ~ and the Queer Art World. The exhibition will open on May 30th.

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NYC AIDS Memorial Announces June 2024 Public Programs During Pride Month

 

 

 

NYC AIDS Memorial. Image. Photo credit: NYC AIDS Memorial on Instagram

The New York City AIDS Memorial announces upcoming public programs in June 2024, during Pride Month.

As a community site of remembrance, particularly for those impacted by the ongoing AIDS epidemic, the Memorial honors and acknowledges a complex history by serving as a platform for dialogue, advocacy, and programs that examine the multidimensional themes surrounding HIV/AIDS, including joy, mourning, and remembrance.

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The All-American ‘Hot Dog in the City’ Arrives in Times Square

 

 

 

Hot Dog in the City courtesy Times Square Arts

We couldn’t resist doing a post on the 65 foot-long ‘Hot Dog in the City’ by artists Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw, arriving in Times Square in April. In addition to the ‘World’s Largest Hot Dog’ sculpture, New Yorkers will be treated to some serious talks, playful performances, and even a political debate surrounding the top-ic.

In addition, viewers will be asked to cast a ballot for the Best People’s Condiment.

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Mary Heilmann. Daydream Nation on View at Hauser & Wirth New York

 

 

 

Mary Heilmann, Palm Tree c. 1996, Oil on gessoed paper; 105.4 x 74.3 x 105.4 cm/41 1/2 x 29 1/4 in. Photo: Thomas Muller. © Mary Heilmann courtesy the artist, Hauser & Wirth and 303 Gallery, New York

Hauser & Wirth opened its doors to Daydream Nation’ at its 22nd Street gallery, exploring Mary Heilmann’s ongoing interest in drawing as a form of transcribing memory. Curated by artist Gary Simmons, Heilmann’s friend and former student and colleague at New York’s School of Visual Arts, the exhibition celebrates her talent for distilling complex images and ideas into deceptively simple geometric forms and abstract gestural marks. Through rarely and never-before-seen works on paper from the 1970s to early 2000s, this presentation reveals how drawing functions as a form of daydreaming—of conjuring the sights, sounds and events of her past travels or her imagined future—in Heilmann’s creative process. 

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‘Wayne Thiebaud: Summer Days’ at Acquavella Galleries

 

 

 

Wayne Thiebaud in the exhibition Summer Days at Acquavella Galleries, 2024

Acquavella Galleries opened its doors to Wayne Thiebaud: Summer Days, which will be on view from April 26th through June 14th in New York. The exhibition, organized in collaboration with the Wayne Thiebaud Foundation, presents works from multiple decades of the artist’s career and tracks his sustained interest in recurring subject matter, here offering a nostalgic look at American life passing through the heat of summer. In Summer Days the artist’s many paintings play with both present and past, tasking the viewer to relax amongst scenes of warmth, indulgence, and distant serenity. Rendered in candy-colored impasto, the exhibition includes examples of Thiebaud’s paintings of sweets, hot dogs, bathing suits, and whirling beach scenes, among other subjects.

Here are a few photo’s from an exhibition where the ice cream in these gorgeous paintings almost looks like they’re melting.

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Jane Sklar + Max Cartagena, a Photographic Exhibition at Salmagundi Club in June

 

 

 

Max Cartagena, Blue Bikes, 2021; Digital photography manipulation 11.5 x 15.75 inches. Image courtesy of the artist

Award-winning photographic artists Jane Sklar and Max Cartagena present their unique works in their 3rd duo show at the Salmagundi Club. The exhibition will take place from June 2-8 in the Thomas Moran gallery on the 2nd floor.

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‘The Met-NYCHA Art & Culture Scholars Program’ to Bring 25 Public Housing Scholars to The MET for Leadership Development Program

 

 

 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Public Housing Community Fund, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), and Trinity Church Wall Street announced today the establishment of The Met-NYCHA Art and Culture Scholars Program, a new initiative that brings 25 public housing scholars to The Met for a leadership development program. The newly launched collaboration invites high school aged residents of NYCHA communities to The Met to explore career pathways in art, culture, and museums. As with all intern opportunities at the Museum, participants receive a stipend.

The program is a partnership supported by NYCHA, The Met, and the Public Housing Community Fund. The free program is made possible by Trinity Church Wall Street Philanthropies.

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Art Installations, Events & Exhibits in NYC ~ it’s the May 2024 GothamToGo Roundup

 

 

 

Installation view, Amalia Mesa-Bains, Cihuateotl with Mirror inn Private Landscapes and Public Territories, 1998-2011. Mixed media installation including mirror, woven rug created by Mallory Zondag, and moss-covered Styrofoam figure; 138 x 144 x 49 inches. Courtesy of the artist, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, and Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Photograph by Daria Lugina. In the new exhibition at El Museo del Barrio, Amalia Mesa-Bains: Archaeology of Memory, opening May 2nd.
Festivals, exhibitions, shows, walks, and a Portal to Ireland will be in full bloom during May, with the month ending on the high note of an exhibition of the work of Vivian Maier at Fotografiska, and the opening of The Roof Garden at The Met with its commissioned installation by Petrit Halilaj, ‘Abetare‘. Here are a few suggestions for the month of May.

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Huma Bhabha: Before the End Arrives in Brooklyn Bridge Park

 

 

 

Huma Bhabha: Before The End. Installation Image Credits, Huma Bhabha: Before The End, courtesy of the artist; David Zwirner; Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi. Photo: Nicholas Knight, courtesy of Public Art Fund, NY. Presented by Public Art Fund at Brooklynn Bridge Park, New York City, April 30, 2024-March 9, 2025.

Opening April 30, Public Art Fund will debut Huma Bhabha: Before The End, an exhibition featuring a series of four new large-scale bronze sculptures set against the verdant backdrop of Brooklyn Bridge Park. Drawing inspiration from a diverse array of influences, Bhabha’s works blend aesthetic, cultural, and psychological elements, probing the intersections of art, science fiction, horror, and mythology.

Opening Night Celebration will be held on Monday, April 29th from 6-8pm.Free and Open to the Public ~ Pier 3 Greenway Terrace, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn. Join Public Art Fund for a drop-in event with opening remarks, vegan donuts from Cloudy Donut Co., mocktails by Canard Inc., and a chance to explore the exhibition for the first time.

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The 2024 Met Roof Garden Commission: Petrit Halilaj: Abetare on View

 

 

 

The Met’s highly anticipated 2024 Roof Garden Commission, by Kosovar artist Petrit Halilaj (born 1986, Kostërc, former Yugoslavia), is now on view through October 27, 2024. For his first major outdoor installation, Halilaj has transformed the Museum’s Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden with a sprawling work that explores the intersection of reality and fantasy through the rich world of children’s drawings. The installation’s metal sculptures are inspired by children’s doodles, drawings, and scribblings found on desks at the school he attended in Runik, Kosovo, as well as schools in Albania and countries from the former Yugoslavia, which are now undergoing significant cultural and sociopolitical change. The Roof Garden Commission: Petrit Halilaj, Abetare is the 11th in the series of site-specific commissions for the outdoor space.

The exhibition is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Additional support is provided by the Diane W. and James E. Burke Fund, Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky, and the Edward John & Patricia Rosenwald Foundation.

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‘Therein the Beauty’, a Group Exhibition to Open at Marinaro

 

 

 

Jessica Dickinson, Beneath- Then, 2018-2021, Pastel and dirt on paper with holes and cuts, 50 x 42.25 inches (127 x 107.3 cm)

Marinaro is pleased to present Therein the Beauty, a group exhibition featuring the work of artists Jennifer Calivas, Matthew Chambers, Chang Sujung, Cynthia Daignault, Jessica Dickinson, Matt Grubb, Ilana Harris-Babou, Bridget Mullen, and Michael Stamm. Therein, the Beauty presents connection and loss as intertwined states, rather than feelings that are in opposition to the other. The artists in this exhibition explore this relationship from several different pathways.

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NYC DOT Announced The Pollinator Port Project & Habitats for Bees in DOT Public Plazas

 

 

 

New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez, The Horticultural Society of New York (The Hort), and Rutgers University today, during Earth Week, announced the Pollinator Port Project to create habitats for at-risk native bee populations in select NYC DOT public plazas and Open Streets. As part of the project, ‘bee hotels’ and ‘bee bunkers’ will be installed, and vegetation will be planted to provide nourishment for bees and other pollinators. According to the United Nations’ Environment Programme, bees are essential for the planet and are a crucial part of the biodiversity needed to sustain life. Bees have fewer habitats in urban areas and often have long distances between green spaces in cities. The installations announced today will provide connections between other green spaces across the city and will attract tickle bees, a small, native bee species that rarely sting.

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Lindsay Burke: Stain Maker to Open at Marinaro

 

 

 

Lindsay Burke, Sad Fallopians, 2024, Acrylic on canvas, 30 x 22 inches (76.2 x 55.9 cm)

Marinaro is pleased to present Stain Maker, Lindsay Burke’s third solo exhibition with the gallery.

In Stain Maker we see the artist’s continued interest in the body as a locus for transformation. Bodies themselves are stain makers: they grow, shed, discharge, regenerate, and decay over time. These bodily functions that appear in the exhibition mirror larger notions of creation and destruction, both within the body and the world around it.

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May is Asian American, Native Hawai’ian & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

 

 

 

Chinatown, NYC

Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month is observed annually in May to celebrate the contributions that generations of AAPIs have made to American history, society, and culture. Here are a few ways to celebrate the month.

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Patrons of Park Avenue (POPA) to Unveil ‘Travellers’ ~ Nine Monumental Sculptures by Bruno Catalano + Street Festival, May 18th

 

 

 

Bruno Catalano, Benoit, part of ‘Travellers” installation, May 2024

We thought it would be a rather hard act for the Patrons of Park Avenue (POPA) to follow after its 2023/2024 commission, Carole A. Feuerman: Sea Idylls. But we believe they have risen to the occasion with the 2024/2025 commission by French sculpture artist Bruno Catalano, unveiling ‘Travellers‘, a series of nine monumental works along the Broadway divide from 35th to 38th Streets ~ concurrent with an exhibition at Galleries Bartoux in Soho.

Bruno Catalano: Travellers will be on view on Park Avenue from May 18, 2024 to May, 2025. A celebration of the opening will be held on May 18th at 4pm on 38th Street and Park Avenue.

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Jerome Lagarrigue: Shoreline to Open at Fridman Gallery in May

 

 

 


Jerome Lagarrigue, Towards Soufriere, 2023, oil on linen, 96 x 72″. Image courtesy Fridman Gallery

Fridman Gallery is honored to announce Shoreline, the first solo exhibition with the gallery by Jerome Lagarrigue.

An accomplished portraitist recognized for powerful interpretations of his subjects’ interior, psychological spaces, Lagarrigue centers his new body of work on observations of coastal life in the Caribbean. This geographical restriction and the seemingly mundane activities depicted in the paintings allow the artist and his viewers to focus on incremental, subtle changes in light and color. The scenes unfold slowly – fishermen looking out onto expanses of water and sky, grocers tending to their inland shops, people going about their everyday life.

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The Green-Wood Cemetery + City Lore to Unveil ‘Naming The Lost’ Memorial in May

 

 

 

photo credit: CityLore

Four years after the COVID-19 pandemic began, nearly 1.2 million people across the country—including an estimated 83,000 in New York City—have lost their lives to the virus. Countless others continue to suffer from Long COVID. The mounting toll of death and diminished health has inflicted immeasurable pain but also brought communities together to provide support and comfort to those suffering the reverberating effects of the virus.

In memory of those impacted by the pandemic, NAMING THE LOST Memorials (NTLM), City Lore,Great Small Works, Mano a Mano, and The Green-Wood Cemetery are collaborating on a new memorialA Big Slow, Majestic Covid Memorial. On view from Friday, May 3rd through Friday, June 3rd, it will consist of tributes made by 22 community groups from across New York City.

On Sunday, May 19th there will be a dedication & activation ceremony at Greenwood Historic Chapel from 4:00 ~ 6:00pm.

The activation ceremony will be livestreamed on City Lore’s YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/live/yb6JQGJsd9c?feature=share.

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NYC to Invest $22+ Million in Cultural Organizations

 

 

 

NYC Percent for Art 40th Anniversary Map. Image credit: DCLA

New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams today announced that, thanks to strong fiscal management, the city will make multiple investments in New York City’s cultural sector by allocating more than $22 million over the next three fiscal years for the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) as part of the city’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 Executive Budget. The investment includes $18.3 million over the next three fiscal years for the 34 members of the Cultural Institutions Group (CIG). These institutions — including museums, performing arts centers, historical societies, zoos, and botanical gardens — operate on city-owned property and serve as community anchors and economic engines for neighborhoods in all five boroughs. Over the next two fiscal years, the FY25 Executive Budget will also allocate $4.3 million to the Cultural Development Fund (CDF), which supports over 1,000 cultural nonprofits across the city annually, investing in a wide range of groups that represent the backbone of the city’s remarkable cultural community.

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The 2024 NYCxDesign Festival Set for May 16th ~ 23rd

 

 

 

NYCxDesign Festival, Cornell Tech Open Studio, May 17, 2024

The annual NYCxDesign Festival will take place May 16th ~ 23rd featuring hundreds of design events from exhibits and trade shows to talks and tours. Beginning with the Festival opening party at Mercer Labs, and After Party at Spring Studios, visitors look forward to the 2024 Design Pavilion, Emerging Designer Residency, Student Graduate Portfolio Showcase, NYCxDesign Mic and Tours throughout all five boroughs + more.

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1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair at The Starrett-Lehigh Building During Frieze Week

 

 

 

1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair; Aïcha Snoussi, Memorial to the Drowned, 2021, Cellular concrete, glass bottles, water, paper, alcohol-based link and calcined black wool ink, organic elements, sound of the sun, 400 x 400 x 300 cm. Courtesy of the Artist and MO.CO.

1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair will take place in The Starrett-Lehigh Building from May 1-4. The fair will host over 30 galleries and 70 artists of the African diaspora.

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The New York Landmarks Conservancy Hosts Sacred Sites Open House 2024 on May 18-19

 

 

 

Bowne House Historical Society and Museum. Image courtesy The New York Landmarks conservancy/Sacred Sites

The New York Landmarks Conservancy is proud to host its annual Sacred Sites Open House on May 18 & 19inviting visitors to explore the extraordinary architecture, art and history of diverse houses of worship throughout New York State.  Participating congregations will showcase their buildings and community programs. Some will feature musical performances, and special guided tours.  Sacred Sites Open House is a free, state-wide event giving visitors an opportunity to discover remarkable architecture as a “tourist in your own town.”  

This year’s theme is “Welcoming Our Neighbors” as religious institutions continue to offer social service and cultural programs serving the wider community. 

Here is the full list

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Get Ready for The 2024 MAS NYC Jane’s Walk NYC ~ May 3-5

 

 

 

Jane’s Walk 2023. Image courtesy MASNYC Jane’s Walk

The annual Jane’s Walk NYC is back! Celebrating the life of Jane Jacobs in the city that never sleeps, this all volunteer-led event will offer in-person, guided group walks, virtual and self-guided tours with over 200 walks across all five boroughs. The festival is free and open to the public with your RSVP for each tour. Sign up early because many of the tours are capped at 30 attendees.

Here is the Tour Calendar for Jane’s Walk NYC 2024!

Below, a few excursions that caught our eye.

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Get Ready for Frieze New York 2024 at The Shed + Frieze Week All Around Town

 

 

 

The Shed, Hudson Yards, NYC

Frieze revealed the programming line-up for the 12th edition of Frieze New York, which takes place at The Shed from May 1 – 5, 2024. The Fair will present a new curator for Focus and more than 60 galleries from 25 countries. This year’s program places a particular emphasis on performance through a series of collaborations with four defining New York arts organizations. Located both in and around The Shed and across the city, the curated program extends the reach of Frieze New York, animating public space and engaging diverse audiences, as well as providing a platform for boundary-pushing work that reflects the dynamism of New York’s arts communities.

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Frieze New York is presented with Global Lead Partner Deutsche Bank, reflecting a shared commitment to artistic excellence for over 20 years.

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Get Ready for The Second Annual Trashion Fashion Show ~ May 4th!

 

 

 

The popular Trashion Fashion Show is returning for a second season, with two more workshops in April (April 16th and 23rd) before hitting the runway in Morningside Park on May 4th.

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Queens Theatre Celebrates the 60th Anniversary of the 1964/65 World’s Fair with Theaterama!

 

 

 

1964 New York World’s Fair site in Queens, New York. Photo credit: Library of Congress/Carol M.. Highsmith

On Thursday, April 11th, Queens Theatre announced that it will present THEATERAMA! – a series of events celebrating the 60th anniversary of the 1964/65 World’s Fair which took place at Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

THEATERAMA! starts on Sunday, April 28th featuring monthly events through October 27th,presented in partnership with Queensboro Dance Festival, the Louis Armstrong House Museum, the Queens World Film Festival, the Queens Chamber of Commerce and local businesses. The THEATERAMA! series is named in homage to Queens Theatre’s building, which was originally constructed as the “Theaterama,” one of three structures of the New York State Pavilion, built for the World’s Fair.

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‘Amalia Mesa-Bains: Archaeology of Memory’ on View at El Museo del Barrio

 

 

 

Detail, Amalia Mesa-Bains, Venus EnvyII: The Virgin’s Garden, 1994. Mixed media installation; 180 x 120 x 72 inches. Courtesy of the artist, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, and Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Photograph by Daria Lugina.

El Museo del Barrio presents: Archaeology of Memory, the first retrospective exhibition by the pioneering installation artist, curator, and theorist. Born in 1943 to a Mexican immigrant family, Mesa-Bains has been a leading figure in Chicanx art for nearly half a century. Her practice explores intersectional feminist themes, environmentally centered spirituality, and cultural diversity to counter the racist and gendered erasures of colonial repression.

On view May 2 to August 11, 2024, the exhibition features over 40 works including the artist’s large-scale altar-installations, as well as prints, artist books, and codices. Anchored by the multi-chapter “Venus Envy” series, Archaeology of Memory is a rare opportunity to view three decades of Mesa-Bains’s genre-defying artworks, many of which are on display together for the first time.

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‘Peter Hujar: Rialto’ to Open at The Ukrainian Museum NYC

 

 

 

Peter Hujar, Paul Thek on Zebra, 1965, courtesy The Ukrainian Museum, New York, 2 May ~ 1 September 2024 © The Peter Hujar Archive ~ Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

The Ukrainian Museum, New York, is pleased to announce Peter Hujar: Rialto, opening on 2 May 2024. The exhibition will present 74 photographs taken by the Ukrainian-American artist between 1955 and 1969.

Peter Hujar (b. 1934, Trenton, New Jersey; d. 1987, New York) was a leading figure in the queer avant-garde counterculture, which flourished in downtown New York from throughout the ‘70s until 1980, and during the advent of AIDS. 

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It’s National Poetry Month in NYC Parks in All Five Boroughs

 

 

 

National Poetry Month in New York City Parks. Image courtesy NYC Parks

The second annual Park Poems initiative enhances parks citywide with site-specific poetry installations, in partnership with the Poetry Society of America

Today, NYC Parks and the Poetry Society of America officially unveiled five new installations bringing poetry to New York’s public parks through the Park Poems initiative. Coinciding with National Poetry Month, these unveilings represent the second batch of poems to grace New York’s public parks since the initiative was launched last year. 

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Jennifer Rochlin. Paintings on Clay to Open at Hauser & Wirth in May

 

 

 

Jennifer Rochlin Studio, Altadena, CA © Jennifer Rochlin. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Keith Lubow

Los Angeles-based painter Jennifer Rochlin embarked upon a shift toward three-dimensionality sixteen years ago when an unexpected teaching opportunity brought her into close contact with clay for the first time. Enchanted by its tactility and unpredictability, she discovered in the material a new channel for expression. Rochlin’s now-celebrated voluptuous clay vessels dominate the artist’s practice as canvases for her memories, idealized visions and the unfiltered biographical narratives she unspools over their undulating forms with palpable libidinal force. In her painted and glazed scenes, family, friends and partners are intertwined with trees and leaves that signify the passage of time through changing seasons. Wistfulness transitions seamlessly into humor or fades into unabashed adoration of nature’s enveloping beauty. Fluctuating between idealized depictions and unembellished honesty, Rochlin’s imagery conveys a tender and genuine sense of longing.

Beginning 2 May, Hauser & Wirth New York will present Rochlin’s most recent series of large-scale hand-built terra cotta vessels on which she offers up an autobiographical journey—intimate scenes of her life and loves, of nature observed and of her own responses to the greats of art history. ‘Jennifer Rochlin. Paintings on Clay’ will remain on view on the second floor of the gallery’s 22nd Street building through 12 July.

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‘Chakaia Booker: Shaved Portions’ Unveiled on The Garment District Plazas

 

 

 

Artist Chakaia Booker, Shaved Portions, Installation view. Photo credit: Alexandre Ayer/© DiversityPics for the Garment District Alliance.

Shaved Portions, a 35-foot-tall abstract sculpture comprised of deconstructed rubber tires, created by renowned sculptor, painter, and photographer Chakaia Booker, is standing tall in the Garment District as part of theGarment District Alliance’s latest public art exhibit.

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‘Antony Gormley: Aerial’ at White Cube New York

 

 

 

Antony Gormley, BIG SIDLE, 2023, Cast iron 267.8 x 87.5 x 63.5 cm. Photograph by Stephen White & Co. © the artist

White Cube is pleased to present ‘Aerial’, an exhibition by Antony Gormley, in which the artist considers sculpture as an instrument for proprioception – the body’s innate capacity to sense and perceive its position, movements and orientation in relation to itself and the environment. The exhibition features two recent developments in Gormley’s practice: one explores physical proximity in mass and scale, where two over-life-size bodies merge as one, while the other endeavours to catalyse space almost without mass. On view April 30th.

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Eva Hesse. Five Sculptures at Hauser & Wirth New York during Frieze Week in May

 

 

 

Installation view, ‘Eva Hesse: Expanded Expansion’ Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York NY July 8 – October 16, 2022
Photograph by Midge Wattles & Ariel Ione Williams © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York. All Rights Reserved © The Estate of Eva Hesse. Courtesy Hauser & Wirth

Eva Hesse (1936-1970) transformed the language of sculpture through her pioneering use of alternative forms and materials. Challenging the hard-edged, manufactured aesthetic of the prevailing minimalist movement of her day, Hesse’s use of latex, Fiberglas and industrial plastics opened new possibilities in art. Half a century later, her groundbreaking oeuvre is as potent as it was in 1968, the year of the first and only exhibition of her sculptures held during her lifetime. That there have been some fifteen exhibitions in the decades following her death in 1970 is a testament to Hesse’s continued contemporaneity.

Beginning 2 May, Hauser & Wirth will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the estate’s representation by the gallery by spotlighting Hesse’s remarkable achievements in ‘Eva Hesse. Five Sculptures.’ This exhibition, organized by Barry Rosen, longtime adviser to the Hesse estate, in collaboration with art historian and critic Briony Fer, reunites five of her most celebrated large-scale works, all on loan from major American museums and all made in the most intense period at the end of her life from 1967 to 1969. Installed on the ground floor of Hauser & Wirth’s gallery on West 22nd Street, the exhibition will emphasize the breadth, scope and impact of Hesse’s materially experimental and psychologically charged sculptures.

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2024 Car-Free Earth Day in NYC ~ April 20th ~ Kicking Off Open Streets & April 21st at Morningside Park in Harlem!

 

 

 

Image courtesy NYC DOT. Car-Free Earth Day 2024.

On April 20th, New Yorkers will kick off the 2024 Open Streets Season with Car-Free Earth Day throughout all five boroughs! Hosted by NYC DOT, the event opens our streets to a plethora of programming from activism and education surrounding climate change and sustainability to public art that includes repurposed furniture transformed into luscious organic sculptures through live plants, showcasing the potential of nature reclaiming the built environment.

The Earth Day festivities continue on April 21st at Morningside Park in Harlem with a theme of Planet vs. Plastic. We Can Do It. Lots of activities, including a Trashion Fashion workshop for kids in preparation for the next Trashion Fashion Show next month.

These are just a few of the Earth Day festivities throughout our area.

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A Portal Linking NYC To Ireland Unveiled in The Flatiron to Resume Live from 6am to 4pm Daily

 

 

 

 

The Portal
  • May 14, 2024 Update ~ The Portal has been temporarily CLOSED for bad behavior. Working hard to fix the human part of this installation, the Flatiron/NoMad Partnership indicated that The Portal will be LIVE from 6:00am to 4:00pm daily.

A groundbreaking public technology sculpture known as “The Portal” is set to form a visual bridge between New York City and Dublin, Ireland, launching on Wednesday, May 8th. Conceived as a testament to the power of art to transcend physical barriers, “The Portal” offers the public a real-time, visual live stream that connects these two iconic cities.

The Portal in New York City will be installed on the Flatiron South Public Plaza at Broadway, Fifth Avenue, and 23rd Street, next to the famed Flatiron Building, and will be presented by the Flatiron NoMad Partnership in collaboration with the New York City Department of Transportation’s Art Program (NYC DOT Art) and the Simons Foundation.

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Take a Stroll Down Fifth Avenue ~ It’s Easter in New York!

 

 

 

Fifth Avenue on Easter Morning, Detroit Publishing, c.1903, Library of Congress

Strolling down Fifth Avenue on Easter Sunday has been a New York tradition stretching back as far as the 1870s. It is one of the few times when Fifth Avenue is closed to traffic, and the Avenue is open to pedestrians. Put on your Sunday Best and join the celebration on Sunday, March 31st on Fifth Avenue between 49th and 57th Streets beginning at 10:00am.

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Beau MaCall: Buttons On! at Fuller Craft Museum ~ Let’s Take a Ride

 

 

 

Beau McCall. Image courtesy of the artist

Beau McCall: Buttons On!, a retrospective of the work of Beau McCall, will open this Saturday, March 30th at Fuller Craft Museum. The event will include a conversation with artist Beau McCall, guest curator, Souleo, and FCM’s Artistic Director and Chief Curator, Beth C. McLaughlin. McCall will discuss his creative practice, the significance of buttons within his work, and the exhibition’s pop culture and social justice themes.

So let’s take a ride! Beau McCall: Buttons On! at Fuller Craft Museum located at 455 Oak Street, Brockton, Massachusetts. Admission is free. The Opening Reception will be March 30th from 3:00 ~ 6:00pm.

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Daniel Arsham: Phases ~ 20 Years of Photography on View at Fotografiska New York

 

 

 

Installation view, Daniel Arsham
Installation view, Daniel Arsham: Phases. Image courtesy Fotografiska New York

Fotografiska New York announced today that it will present the world’s first exhibition dedicated to artist Daniel Arsham’s photography practice. 

Daniel Arsham: Phases will feature 25 never before seen photographs and will be accompanied by a monograph of Arsham’s photography entitled Daniel Arsham Photographer and produced by his gallery, Perrotin.

The exhibition is currently on view through June 15, 2024.

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‘Rutas de Nuestros Caminos. Routes of Our Paths’ to Open at Ki Smith Gallery

 

 

 

Jorge Luis Rodríguez, Circulo Concurro Esquinas (Circle with Four Corners) 1978/2022 in the exhibition ‘Just Above Midtown’ at MoMA in 2022. Image courtesy of the artist and Ki Smith Gallery

Ki Smith Gallery will open its doors to Rutas de Nuestros Caminos. Routes of Our Paths, a group exhibition highlighting some of the most exciting Puerto Rican contemporary artists in NYC! The gallery will be exhibiting a wide range of talent that includes legends like Jorge Luis Rodríguez and Marcos Dimas as well as undiscovered talents like Elsie Deliz and new stars in the community such as James Reyes. CAfED and Grandma Collective take us on a journey that shows Puerto Rican artists’ prolific and continuing impact in New York City. The gallery will be showcasing a collection of works including pieces made in the 70’s that were originally shown at the famed Just Above Midtown Gallery and have been exhibited at MoMA, as well as pieces finished this year in a studio in the Bronx. Rutas de Nuestros Caminos (Routes of Our Paths) gives a view into both the past and the future while celebrating the present.

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NYC Parks RFP’s for Plants & Food Pushcarts or Mobile Trucks at Various Parks in All Five Boroughs

 

 

 

Photo credit: Ben Lieberman

NYC Parks has released a Request for Proposals (“RFP”) for the sale of specialty items from mobile units at locations citywide. Parks is seeking operators to sell food items or plants from pushcarts or mobile trucks at various parks in all five boroughs. 

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‘Yves Klein and the Tangible World’ to Open at Lévy Gorvy Dayan

 

 

 

Yves Klein in front of his Anthropometris (ANT 50, ANT 54), 1961. Photograph © René Burr i- Magnum. © The Estate of Yves Klein c/o Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Parisand courtesy of Lévy Gorvy Dayan.

On April 11, 2024, Lévy Gorvy Dayan will open Yves Klein and the Tangible World, an exhibition devoted to the engagement of the body in the visionary French artist’s oeuvre. Curated in collaboration with the Yves Klein Foundation, the presentation brings together nearly 30 examples of Yves Klein’s Anthropométries (1960–62) and Peintures de feu (Fire Paintings, 1960–62), as well as Sculpture tactile(Tactile Sculpture, conceived c. 1957) in the first focused juxtaposition of these works.

Take note that on the occasion of the exhibition, Lévy Gorvy Dayan will present a performance of Klein’s Monotone-Silence Symphony at S. James’ Church, New York, on Wednesday, May 1st, at 6:30pm.

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Bjørn Okholm Skaarup: A Mythical Menagerie Arriving at Cavalier Gallery Chelsea in April

 

 

 

Sculptor Bjørn Okholm Skaarup. Image courtesy of the Artist and Cavalier Gallery.

Beginning Thursday, April 4 and running through Thursday May 18, Cavalier Gallery is pleased to present the opening of A Mythical Menagerie featuring the works of Danish artist Bjørn Okholm Skaarup at their Chelsea location (530 W 24th St, New York, NY 10011). The solo exhibition features more than 25 sculptures spanning the past decade of the artist’s oeuvre, including several new works that will be exhibited for the first time in the U.S.

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Reflecting on the Vibrant Past, Present & Future of the Black Experience, Aṣẹ: Afro Frequencies, to Arrive at ARTECHOUSE at Chelsea Market in March

 

 

 

Aṣẹ: Afro Frequencies at ARTECHOUSE. Image courtesy ARTECHOUSE Studio.

ARTECHOUSE, a pioneer in innovative, experiential art, is pleased to announce its latest exhibition, Aṣẹ: Afro Frequencies (Aṣẹ), debuting in New York City at ARTECHOUSE NYC on March 22 and on display through the summer. Created by ARTECHOUSE Studio, the exhibition features the work of London-based Afro-surrealist digital artist Vince Fraser along with evocative poetry by ursula rucker. Open to all ages, the exhibition is a vibrant reflection upon the past, present, and future of the Black experience through the eyes of the artists.

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Sami Tsang, Ebony Russell, Suyao Tian in the Group Exhibition ‘Teetering on the Brink: Femininity, Inheritance, and Disaster at Claire Oliver Gallery

 

 

 

Ebony Russell, Mirrored Kingdom, Porcelain and glaze, 2024, Dimensions Variable 35 x 20 x 20 inches. Image courtesy of the artist and Claire Oliver Gallery.

Claire Oliver Gallery is pleased to present Teetering on the Brink: Femininity, Inheritance, and Disaster, a special group exhibition marking the New York City debut of work by artists Sami Tsang, Ebony Russell, and Suyao Tian. The exhibition spans media including figurative sculpture, watercolor on paper, sculptural vessels, and installation and explores the themes of memory, childhood, patriarchal societal values, and female identity through the lens of multiple cultures and vernaculars. Teetering on the Brink: Femininity, Inheritance, and Disaster will be on view at Claire Oliver Gallery’s Harlem gallery from March 15 through May 11, 2024.

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